Tag Archive | Furniture

Eye On Design: “Japanned” Bureau Cabinet Circa 1720

Japanned Cabinet
All Photos By Gail

This spectacular bureau cabinet reflects the European fascination with Japanese and Chinese luxury goods in the early eighteenth century.The bright red surfaced imitated Asian lacquer, which was made from materials not available in Europe.

Cabinet Top Detail

The motifs evoke the people and sights of the Far East, but they reflect the limited knowledge and stereotyped views that Europeans held of these distant countries. at the time the cabinet was made, this technique of using imitation lacquer was called “Japanning.” The original owner may have displayed small Asian porcelains in the upper niches of the cabinet.

Japanned Cabinet Detail 1

Japanned Cabinet Detail 2

Japanned Cabinet
Photographed in the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA

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Eye On Design: Verner Panton’s Heart Cone Chair

Heart Cone Chair
All Photos By Gail

In Verner Panton’s Notes on Color, the Danish designer stated:

“In Kindergarten, one learns to love and use colors. Later on, at school and in life, one learns something called taste. For most people, this means limiting their use of colors.”

Heart Cone Chair

The design career of Verner Panton (19261998) reached its first peak toward the end of the 1950s. With a furniture series based on simple geometric shapes, Panton anticipated elements of Pop Art, while also emulating the elegance of Scandinavian Modernism in the execution of the bases.

Heart Cone Chair

The most famous designs from this series are the Cone Chair and the Heart Cone Chair (1959). The Heart Cone Chair takes its name from its heart-shaped silhouette. The extended wings of the backrest are reminiscent of Mickey Mouse ears, but can also be interpreted as a contemporary development of the classic wingback chair.

Heart Cone Chair

Photographed at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

Pink Thing the Day: Pink Bust of Beethoven

Pink Bust of Beethoven
Photo By Gail

You’ve seen the fabulous and boldly colorful designs of PolArt furniture on The ‘Gig many times before, and these flocked busts in a bright magenta pink hue might just add the ideal classic accent for your own home! Surely they would go perfectly with something like This!

Photographed at The ICFF 2018 at Javits Center, NYC!

Pink Thing of The Day: PolArt Pink Modern Victorian Ottoman and Sofa

Polart Pink Ottoman and Sofa
Photos By Gail

Every year without fail, my favorite exhibitor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is PolArt Designs of Mexico. Each piece of their Victorian style furniture is custom-made to the end-user’s specs of finish color and fabric type, to make these pieces suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. At ICFF 2018, I was particularly smitten with this Modern Victorian Ottoman and Sofa created in a pale pink finish with complementray pink velvet fabric upholstery.  Simply reathtaking.

Polart Pink Ottoman
Pink Ottoman, Detail

Eye On Design: Nobody’s Perfect Chair By Gaetano Pesce

Nobody's Perfect Chair
Photos By Gail

Gaetano Pesce’s playful Nobody’s Perfect chair (2001) embodies diversity within standardization. Following simple guidelines, the maker pours pigmented resin into a mold to achieve a random quantity and mix of colors. The back of this chair presents an excellent example of the phenomena of Pareidolia, which encouragee you to see an image resembling a face.

Nobody's Perfect Chair

The liquid resin is hardened into the furniture’s components, which are later assembled with pegs.

Nobody's Perfect Chair

The ‘face’ that the back of this chair resembles is quite fun!

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan.

Eye On Design: Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier
All Photos By Gail

While he is mainly known as a true icon of the fashion world, designer Jean Paul Gaultier has also spent more then two decades invested with furniture manufacturing. In collaboration with French furniture-maker, Roche Bobois, Gaultier has launched his “sexy and bedroom inspired” furniture collection, and the Roman chariot-inspired Ben Hur armchair belongs to this collection.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

The Ben Hur armchair — which looks just like a Modern, Barrel-Design Club Chair when viewed from a straight ahead angle– has an aluminum structure and stylish velvet upholstering that is available in four colors: red (shown here) yellow, blue and green. Like almost every piece from the designer’s collection, this chair has wheels, because Gaultier has made his furniture on the idea of extra mobility. The objective is that people wanting to be able to move each item from one room to another.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier Left Front

Also, it’s a lot fun, and will certainly make a bold personal statement about its owner is any room of the home.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Suggested Retail Price: $6,500 each. Available from Roche Bobois and other fine retailers.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Photographed at the ICFF 2018 at Javits Center, NYC.

Eye On Design: Exclamation Collection French Art Deco Arm Chair

Exclamation-ized French Art Deco Arm Chair
A Chair Fit For Royalty! (All Photos By Gail)

It took a little bit of hunting but, after a couple of hours on the floor, we found the Oh, Wow! item at this year’s ICFF show at Javits Center: this breathtaking bespoke Art Deco Arm Chair by designer John Landrum Bryant.

John explained to me that by stripping the signed Paris circa 1925 chair that he and his wife had purchased from the Steinitz Gallery in Paris many years ago, he created this one-of-a-kind piece, which belongs in his Exclamation! collection. The first step in the chair’s dramatic transformation was stripping and cleaning its intricate carved wood frame, which was first covered with a vibrant bluish lambskin to preserve every detail, and then a metallic pink finish.

Art Deco Arm Chair Finish Detail Right Front
Upholstery and Finish Details Above and Below
Art Deco Arm Chair Finish Detail Left Front

The chair was partially upholstered from one piece of cowhide, both plain and also embossed with good dots, in an indescribable shade of pink.

Art Deco Arm Chair Finish Detail Right Front

Art Deco Arm Chair Finish Detail Left Side and Back

Art Deco Arm Chair Finish Detail Right Side

With this as the starting point, things really became interesting: lambskin in silver, in green and in pewter, an antique Japanese silk obi, and turquoise python all dance about this incomparable creation.

Dimensions are as follows:

Length: 30″

Width: 30″

Height” 36″

Exclamation-ized French Art Deco Arm Chair

This chair, which is unique and will not be copied, retails for $18,950 ($13,265 to the Trade). For purchase inquires, please visit This Link!

Exclamation-ized French Art Deco Arm Chair